Fitbit Zip

Last updated: July 17, 2020

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Product Details

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Fitbit Zip placed 6th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Turn your everyday life into a fun path to fitness. Much more than a pedometer, zip tracks your steps, distance, and calories burned then automatically syncs the data to your Fitbit account. Whether online or through the Fitbit application, you can set goals and stay motivated to keep on your path to fitness with graphs, badges, and friendly competitions. Check to see how you compare with friends and family even provide a message to egg them on. Your stats wirelessly upload via computer or select mobile devices (like the iPhone 4S), so you will know in real time when you are close to a goal and when you’ve reached one.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The Fitbit app app is easy to use and provides tools to help you stay active. In addition to viewing all of your activity data, you can track what you eat and even compete with friends and family members in daily or weekly competitions.
It does have an excellent set of features to track your progress when you are on a diet. The Zip does a reasonable job of estimating your RMR, or Resting Metabolic Rate and the Fitbit app allows you to scan the barcodes of various foodstuffs to track your caloric intake.
The Zip also offers Bluetooth 4.0, which allows you to sync directly to a compatible smartphone like the iPhone 5 using the low-power syncing option. This means your data can be pushed to your smartphone automatically, without the need for a PC or Mac at all.
Its one real plus is that you don’t have to charge it; this model runs on a watch battery that should be good for six months or more.
Even though the Zip is the model of a minimalist fitness tracker, it is still highly accurate in the metrics it records.
Sweat, rain and splashproof with a whopping six-month battery life, the Fitbit Zip is well worth a look if you're looking to get in on the ground floor.
The Zip is silent—no annoying clicking like old-school pedometers.

What reviewers didn't like

It doesn't track sleep or stairs climbed.
This tracker is essentially restricted to tallying your steps and that is about it, having no other trackable activities. This tracker also does not calculate the number of flights of stairs climbed throughout the day.
The food aspect of the Fitbit ecosystem is easily the most disappointing part of using a Fitbit device. The food database is exceptionally US-centric, with few international foods available.
It doesn’t offer sleep tracking, dedicated activity modes, or automatic activity detection, and it’s not waterproof.
Uses only single - use batteries
There's no sleep tracking and no altimeter to record elevation
There is no sleep quality monitoring, and there is no tracking of stair climbing. You also can't review past days on the Zip itself, you have to go to the app or web site to see data from previous days.
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